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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


7 Tips to Help Consumers Avoid Overdraft Fees

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Most bank customers don't pay overdraft fees, according to a new survey released by the American Bankers Association. According to the survey, 77% of consumers said they did not pay any overdraft fees in the ...


Around the Home: Ditch Paper Towels and Napkins to Tread More Lightly on Planet without Sacrificing Convenience

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—There is a secret obsession taking place in kitchens across America. It's an addiction to paper towels and napkins. I know they're easy and convenient and sanitary, but there are other choices that will help you tread ...


Getaways: Fall Color Predictions Good News for Autumn Travel

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—In the tricky business that is forecasting the whims of Mother Nature, it is rare that experts agree as they make fall color predictions. This year, biologists and naturalists in Western North Carolina and the Asheville area ...


Americans Increasingly ‘Under Drive’ Their Vehicles

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Along with dropping gas prices and a lower highway traffic incident report, more evidence mounts that Americans are driving less compared with two or even five years ago. LeaseTrader.com says people are driving fewer miles on their ...


Study: Hand Sanitizers Ineffective in Warding off Flu, Cold Viruses

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—(MCT)—If the presence of all those alcohol-based hand sanitizers makes you feel safe from disease, read no further. The sanitizers—Purell, Germ-X and the like—started popping up everywhere last year after the outbreak of the H1N1 "swine flu" ...


Retiring at 65 No Longer Looks Realistic

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—(MCT)—How many times have we said this? The story is not supposed to end this way. Older boomers looking forward to retirement after a lifetime of labor are finding the promised 60-plus land of plenty evaporating along ...


Would Americans Rather be Younger, Thinner, Richer or Smarter?

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—If you could be granted one wish to change something about yourself, what would you choose? When American adults were asked if they would want to be richer, thinner, smarter, or younger, a large plurality (43%) professed ...


Around the Home: Less-is-More Decor becoming Popular Trend

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—(MCT)—Home decor is undergoing a subtle change, thanks to the weakened economy and the trend toward smaller but better-quality homes. As houses are downsized, homeowners are forced to make do with less space and fewer possessions, said ...


Getaways: Plenty to See and Do in Tennessee

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—(MCT)—Tennessee is within a day's drive of 65% of our nation's population. There, you'll find natural beauty, great music and vibrant communities ladled with a dose of Southern hospitality. ...


Top 10 Words of Summer 2010

RISMEDIA, September 9, 2010—Merriam-Webster Inc., one of America's leading language reference publishers has announced the "Top Words of Summer 2010," based on the volume of user lookups at Merriam-Webster.com. ...


America’s Most Stressed Cities

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2010—Portfolio.com, a national business news site for small and mid-sized business executives revealed its latest U.S. Uncovered study, ranking the Most Stressful Place in America. Looking at the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Detroit ranked at the ...


Spending Smart: Don’t Let Compulsive Shopping Drain Bank Accounts

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—(MCT)—We've all made impulsive purchases—grabbed a pack of gum at the supermarket checkout line or succumbed to a desire for that third pair of black shoes we've been lusting after. ...


Getaways: Americans Gear Up for Great Escapes this Autumn

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites announced the results of its annual fall and Labor Day travel survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers. Eighty-six percent are planning leisure trips this coming fall, compared to ...


Around the Home: Americans Still Cutting Back on Little Things to Save Money

RISMEDIA, September 4, 2010—There are many big changes people can make to save money—cut back on all entertainment, eat more meals at home, for example. But there are also a number of smaller things people can do to save money, ...


Americans Link Their Appearance at Work to Their Overall Career Success

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—The economic roller coaster we've been riding for the past two years seems to have taken its toll—right down to the shoes Americans are wearing and how they are thinking about them. KIWI Shoe Care, part of ...


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